Thursday, January 29, 2009

Art Fiberfest 2009~

The Art Fiberfest 2009 website just went live!
June 25-28th 2009 at Reed College in Portland, OR!

Registration begins on Feb. 25, 2009 and it fills up fast1

I am teaching this year, a demo on Thurs. evening in the dorms.

Check out the site and get your classes chosen so you can register! What a blast!
Come play with me~

Monday, January 19, 2009

2009 Yarn Giveaway #1~ Favorite Quotes

Starting this month I am going to hold one random giveaway per month here on the blog!

No longer taking entries for this giveaway~
Check recent entries for NEXT month's giveaway~

This month I am giving away one skein of my "Be Mine" Valentine yarn.
Spun from soft merino and wool in pink, cream and red. Plied with a cotton/rayon boucle thread strung with heart beads and cute cherubs, with lace bows throughout! Comes with a free pattern too! Your choice-- we can discuss your choice after you win. :)DETAILS>>>>>
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his honor, here are some of my favorite quotes from him:

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. "
~MLK Jr.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. "
~MLK Jr.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. " ~MLK Jr.

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." ~MLK Jr.

SO - TO ENTER, simply post a comment with your favorite quote.
Quotes can be by anyone, please remember to tell who said it!

Share with us and on Sunday Jan. 31st I will enter the number of each comment into a random number generator online. I will post the winner here in the blog as well as emailing the Material Whirled newsletter list! To join, click here (link is at the bottom of every page on the site).
If I post your name here on in the newsletter, contact me and we can work out the fun details!

HOW FUN! A FREE SKEIN OF MATERIAL WHIRLED YARN! a $50 dollar value!(includes free shipping to the continental US)
I plan to do one handspun yarn giveaway per month, with a few fiber and hand dyed yarns giveaways thrown in here and there. So spread the word!

Oh-- and Happy Day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Warning....Picture Heavy Post
Wow-- it's been another busy week here in the Material Whirled!
Good news is I that I HAVE BEEN GETTING OUT!
Which is kinda huge-- Paul has been out of town a lot on business and when he is gone I tend to hole up and knit or spin. I am home body for sure, but lately life has been providing tons of fun opportunities for us to go to the city and explore and just absorb life.

First, Ann took a cooking class at Sur la Table in Portland. She was the youngest (by far) but seemed to be the most engrossed. Chef Emily and Chef Scott were remarkable teachers.
While she was in class Eve and I explored (within a few blocks range) the Pearl District (Portland's Upscaleish Art Area) in Portland. We spent time in Powell's Books and in Anthropologie. Here are pics of the yarny window displays there.
I was tickled to realize I am raising city girls. Eve LOVES it downtown and I could see her blossom and glow.

Sat. I went to the Alberta District (Portland's artsy bohemian area) with Jackie and Liz to shop at Imp and Collage and Scrap. I found a ton of paper paraphernalia for my art and just had an overall blast!
We had lunch and coffee and probably caused a bit of trouble... but shhh, we aren't talking about that. We also decided this is to be a monthly excursion. Next time we are hitting the Hawthorne District. Any suggestions of where to go?

Here are some fun shots from the day~

Off to the PO to ship out a pile of orders, then groceries (meh).